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Friday, September 04, 2015

The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) by R.L. Stine

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I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) by R.L. StineThe Lost Girl by R.L. Stine
Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 29th 2015
Genres: Horror, YA
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine's avid fan base of teen readers and adults.

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

As a kid I loved R.L Stine. I seriously would read his books over and over again. I had not yet gotten into any of the newer books he had written until now. I really do need to go back and read the first two books of this series, but this was fun and creepy. It’s wasn’t outright scary, but it does have a very subtle underlying feeling of doom throughout. I’m not a very easy person to scare, so it might be pretty scary to others, but I found it very enjoyable. The story was very interesting too, and I really liked how it all ended.

Michael is the MC in this. When Lizzy comes to town, he is instantly drawn to her, and his group of friends even take her in. Mostly anyways. Pepper, Micheal’s GF isn’t so pleased, but she does give her a chance. Michael seems to become more and more attracted to Lizzy and can’t stop it. He’s really a nice guy and he adores his GF, but there is just something about Lizzy that draws him in. When he accidentally hits someone on a snowmobile, he starts getting threatening phone calls, and all of his friends are at risk. He feels constantly watched and in danger. He of course doesn’t always make the best choices, but who does at that age.

This was really cool in how we get a look into an event that happened a long time ago, and how everything that is happening ties into it somehow. For most of the book I couldn’t figure out how the two related at all, but as the book gets closer to the end and things are getting pretty insane, we see how it all fits. This is full of secrets and revenge, and of course mischief and murder. Of course there is also teen angst and drama. It didn’t blow my mind or anything, but it was a quick and entertaining read. Perfect to read as we get closer to Halloween. I will be continuing with this series now that I have read this one.


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Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

Posted by on 08/27/2014 • 14 Comments

Last year I went to my first ever book signing and was so excited to get to meet quite a few authors at the event. One of the authors was Melissa Marr and I was so curious when I saw hoe many die hard fans of hers were there. I thought to myself “I need to read a book by this lady and see what she’s all about!” I failed to do so until this past week and I am now so happy that I finally gave one of her novels a go.

Made For You is being pretty aggressively pitched as her first foray into contemporary and that it’s a gothic novel. Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I would not shelf this novel…

Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted by on 05/22/2014 • 18 Comments

Holy crap! I feel like my brain is totally spent after this mind-f*ck of a book! Books like these are so hard to review, so I’m going to do my best to make sense of my thoughts. First, I gotta warn you this not the kind of book that will mesh with everyone. For one, it’s so different it breaks all molds of normalcy ever built around story-telling. For another, it introduces the kind of paranormal where you have to go in with an open mind, and just accept this town for what it is (similarly to Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz).

Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

This is the story of Gardernville. A bizarre isolated town where sickness and…

Review: Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Review: Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Posted by on 10/21/2013 • 20 Comments

As my first verse novel, Freakboy really surprised me. Not being a fan of poetry I was expecting verse novels to give me the worst kind of reading experience, but it was actually really moving and easier to get into the flow of it than I would have thought. The subject matter was also original and gave me a new insight in the subject of LGBT. I’ve read plenty of books about gay teens with confused sexualities and such, but this was my first time into the mind of a confused transsexual.

Freakboy is told through the eyes of 3 teenagers, Brendan being our protagonist. Brendan is confused about his gender, nothing being black and white – as expected with this type of story. Even after he learns about transsexuals,…